Farmers Weekly Academy

The Farmers Academy is an e-learning platform for farmers

  • Learn from top national specialists in the country
  • Acquire CPD points for accredited industry schemes
  • Check your knowledge of key farm management issues

There are more than 150 modules on this platform covering arable and livestock technical subjects as well as business advice


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Succession planning


by Matt Lobley (Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter)  Course Succession planning

There is no doubt that achieving a smooth transfer between farming generations is a challenge for many. However, with a careful long-term approach, a successful plan can be made for both family and business.

Sponsored By NFU Mutual

It can be quite a daunting topic to raise with family members, whether it’s because…
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Fertiliser 3: Grass nutrition


by Ian Richards (Ecopt Consultancy)  Course Fertiliser management

Tighter margins increase the need to maximise output from grass, whether for grazing or conservation. Independent adviser Ian Richards of Suffolk-based Ecopt consultancy outlines the principles of fertiliser requirement.

Sponsored By Yara

“Yara is the leading fertiliser company developing site-specific, balanced nutrient recommendations for grassland farmers. "In…
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Dry cow therapy


by Andrew Bradley (Bristol University)  Course Transition Cow Management

Andrew Bradley, clinical reader in Dairy Production Medicine at the University of Nottingham and director of Quality Milk Management Services, looks at best practice for managing cows during the dry period.

Sponsored By OrbeSeal

The dry period represents the biggest opportunity for farmers to make an improvement in udder…
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Soils 4: Organic Matter


by Caroline Drummond (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

Organic matter (OM) contains dead organisms, plant matter and other organic materials in various phases of decomposition. Yet it is the lifeblood of the soil, because it helps build the structure that holds water and provides a rich growing environment for plants.

Sponsored By Leaf

One area in particular is the importance of measuring progress, and delivering change is something…
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Fertiliser 2: Remote sensing


by Clive Blacker (Precision Decisions)  Course Fertiliser management

Understanding precision nitrogen application technology may seem daunting, but doing so could pay dividends. Precision farming consultant Clive Blacker explains what’s available and how it could benefit your business.

Sponsored By Yara

Yara is the leading fertiliser company developing the use of remote sensing “real time” technology…
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How to spray efficiently


by Ben Magri (Syngenta UK)  Course Spraying advice

Weather interruptions and workload pressures are the two biggest obstacles faced by sprayer operators today. In this Academy, the efficiency gains from reduced spray drift and faster sprayer filling are examined. The supporting role played by both nozzle choice and boom height is also highlighted.…

Sponsored By Syngenta

Being a frontrunner in application and spray technology, Syngenta is proud to sponsor this Farmers…
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Controlling BVD


by Mike Kerby (Delaware Veterinary Group)  Course Bovine viral diarrhoea

Establishing status, vaccination, good biosecurity and identifying and culling persistently infected animals is key to controlling bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), says vet Mike Kerby.

Sponsored By Boehringer

Despite vaccines being around for 50 years, the disease is still thriving.  A new vaccine…
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Treated seed stewardship


by James Wallace (UK ESTA Scheme)  Course Seed treatment and health

Last year saw the European Commission (EC) placed a temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments on certain crops. In the UK this ban could create problems for growers of oilseed rape and linseed, with both crops susceptible to flea beetle attacks…

Sponsored By The Voluntary Initiative

Seed treatments should be part of an integrated pest management strategy and their use discussed…
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Protecting SFP values


by Jake French   Course Farm finances

Exchange rate fluctuations pose a significant risk to the value of single farm payments (SFP). 

Sponsored By HiFX

Perhaps that's why 85,000 people and 6,000 businesses including farm estates and agri-businesses used HiFX
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Important notice about your CPD points

Before completing any courses, you’ll need to add your CPD membership numbers to your profile. To add your membership number, sign in and go to your profile. Click on the CPD Schemes tab and enter in your details.

Featured Courses

Winter Health

The challenging spring may have left a legacy of health issues this coming winter. Farmers Weekly is launching a five course Winter Health Academy to equip farmers with the know-how to prevent any potential problems.

Modules within this course
  1. Calf pneumonia

  2. Calf scours

  3. Fluke and worms in cattle

  4. Housing

  5. Winter Health: Nutrition


Diseases and pests in sheep

Endoparasites (inside the animal) and ectoparasites (outside the animal) adversely affect animal health and performance. Worms are becoming increasingly difficult to control using anthelmintics (wormers) and there is a growing problem of resistance to understand and deal with. Sheep Scab is an animal welfare issue and can reduce animal performance. This course cover worms and scab with more modules to come.

Modules within this course
  1. Scab in sheep

  2. Sheep lameness

  3. Worms in sheep


Oilseed rape diseases

The main oilseed rape diseases Light Leaf Spot, Phoma (Stem Canker) and Sclerotinia can all be costly in yield losses. For effective economic control it is important to know the growing conditions which encourage these diseases, how to identify the symptoms and the recommended threshold for fungicide treatments. There are a number of free-to-use industry tools for forecasting oilseed rape diseases which can be useful to determine the in-season and regional disease risks. See: Phoma, Sclerotinia and Light Leaf Spot.

Modules within this course
  1. Light leaf spot

  2. Sclerotinia life cycle and biology

  3. Sclerotinia risk assessment

  4. Turnip yellows virus


Slug Control

Slugs are major pest of UK cereal crops. They thrive in wet springs and summers, with populations quickly getting out of control. The cost of slug damage in winter wheat is estimated to be between £2 and £3 million per year. A single slug can kill up to 50 grain seeds in the first week after sowing.


Soil Management

Fertile soil is not only vital for the production of food, but it also plays a key role in the environment – as pollution prevention, by breaking down or reducing the impact of chemical contaminants and an important carbon storage reserve. Soils are also important in nutrient cycling and regulating water flow and flood risk reduction. Managing soils correctly is essential and these modules focus on good husbandry and ways to protect the soil structure. Did you know that? It can take more than 150 years for 1cm of topsoil to form min-till cultivation can deliver savings on some farms…

Modules within this course
  1. Soils: capping and slumping

  2. Soils: compaction

  3. Soils: husbandry

  4. Soils: poaching

  5. Soils: wind erosion